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The aim of the present study was to determine whether tizanidine, an alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist, is able to increase the anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive effects of naproxen and ketorolac with a low incidence of gastric injury and spontaneous activity in rats. The anti-inflammatory effect was assayed in a carrageenan test, and oral administration of tizanidine (ED40 =0.94±0.2mg/kg), naproxen (ED40=3.18±0.4mg/kg), and ketorolac (ED40=16.4±1.9mg/kg) showed a dose-dependent effect on inflammation. The anti-nociceptive effect was assayed in the formalin test, and administration of tizanidine (ED40=0.39±0.06mg/kg, p.o.), naproxen (ED40=33.9±3.9mg/kg, p.o.) or ketorolac (ED40=6.49±1mg/kg, p.o.) each showed a dose-dependent anti-nociceptive effect. The effects of combinations of tizanidine/naproxen and tizanidine/ketorolac were determined considering their ED40 at a rate of 1:1. Additionally, the tizanidine/naproxen and tizanidine/ketorolac combinations showed anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive effects. The tizanidine/ketorolac combination was more potent than tizanidine/naproxen, in both inflammatory (interaction index=0.03 tizanidine/ketorolac and 0.07 tizanidine/naproxen) and nociceptive (interaction index=0.005 tizanidine/ketorolac and 0.01 tizanidine/naproxen) processes. In both cases, tizanidine improved naproxen and ketorolac gastrointestinal tolerability by 50%. Furthermore, co-administration of tizanidine with naproxen or ketorolac did not modify the spontaneous activity in the same way as individual tizanidine administration. Considering that tizanidine increases the anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive effects of naproxen or ketorolac, with an increase in gastric tolerability, tizanidine could provide therapeutic advantages in the clinical treatment of inflammation and pain.
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Based upon the currently available evidence in patients with RA, benzodiazepines (diazepam and triazolam) do not appear to be beneficial in improving pain over 24 hours or one week. The non-benzodiazepine agent zopiclone also did not significantly reduce pain over two weeks. However, even short term muscle relaxant use (24 hours to 2 weeks) is associated with significant adverse events, predominantly drowsiness and dizziness.
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The antinociceptive actions of morphine and tizanidine (an alpha 2-adrenergic agonist) administered intrathecally in a rat model of mononeuropathic pain were investigated. Tizanidine increased to normal levels the intensity of a noxious pressure stimulus required to induce paw withdrawal (p < 0.01) and decreased the duration of limb withdrawal from both normal-temperature and cooled floors in a dose-dependent manner (p < 0.01). Tizanidine had virtually no effect on the latency of paw withdrawal from a noxious heat stimulus. In comparison, morphine significantly decreased, in a dose-dependent manner, limb withdrawal from the normal-temperature and cooled floors and increased to cutoff values the withdrawal latencies of both noxious heat and pressure stimuli (p < 0.01). The effect of tizanidine was limited to the hyperalgesic limb and served to normalize reactive latencies, whereas morphine affected both hindlimbs and increased latencies to supranormal cutoff values. These data suggest that intrathecal tizanidine may be more specific than morphine in reversing the allodynia and hyperpathia associated with neuropathic pain states and may be of value in the management of patients with these clinical syndromes.
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Tizanidine hydrochloride (Zanaflex), an alpha 2-adrenoreceptor agonist, is the first new antispasticity agent to become available in the UK for more than 20 years. It provides effective reduction of spasticity without affecting muscle strength. The mechanisms of spasticity, its measurement and management, together with the place of tizanidine in its treatment, were discussed at a symposium held at the Royal College of Physicians on November 13 1997.
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PLP1-related disorders are inherited in an X-linked manner. De novo pathogenic variants have been reported. Males with the PMD phenotype do not reproduce; males with the SPG2 phenotype may reproduce. All daughters of a male proband will be carriers; no sons will inherit the pathogenic variant. All sons of a female carrier are at a 50% risk of inheriting the pathogenic variant and having the disease; all daughters are at a 50% risk of being carriers. Carrier testing for at-risk relatives and prenatal testing for pregnancies at increased risk are possible in families in which the PLP1 pathogenic variant has been identified.
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Infarction volumes and infarction ratios of the Tizanidine group 1/2 hours before ischemia (143.7+/-6.34 mm3 and 10.1+/-0.43%) and the Tizanidine group 2 hours after ischemia (145.6+/-6.32 mm3 and 10.3+/-0.43%) were found to be significantly lower in favor of the Tizanidine groups when compared with those of the control group (173.9+/-6.38 mm3 and 12,4+/-0.41%). Tizanidine is not effective if used just after reperfusion or later.
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A new process impurity was detected during the HPLC analysis of Tizanidine hydrochloride (I) batches. The impurity (II) was isolated by preparative HPLC and characterized by NMR and Mass spectral analysis as 5-S-ethyl-N-(4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)-2,1,3-benzothiadiazol-4-amine hydrochloride.
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We assigned randomly in a double blind study 10 children treated with tizanidine (0.05 mg/kg/day) and 30 with placebo for a 6-month period, after which they were unified in the group of tizanidine. The dependent variables were spasticity, Ashworth scale, posture tone scale, reflex scale and liver function test.
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There is insufficient evidence from randomized controlled trials to show significant benefit from non-antiepileptic drugs in trigeminal neuralgia. More research is needed.
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To report a case in which significant hypotension occurred after initiation of tizanidine in a patient using the antihypertensive agent lisinopril.
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For localized/segmental spasticity, botulinum toxin type A is established as an effective treatment to reduce spasticity in the upper and lower extremities. There is conflicting evidence regarding functional improvement. Botulinum toxin type A was found to be generally safe in children with cerebral palsy; however, the Food and Drug Administration is presently investigating isolated cases of generalized weakness resulting in poor outcomes. No studies that met criteria are available on the use of phenol, alcohol, or botulinum toxin type B injections. For generalized spasticity, diazepam is probably effective in reducing spasticity, but there are insufficient data on its effect on motor function and its side-effect profile. Tizanidine is possibly effective, but there are insufficient data on its effect on function and its side-effect profile. There were insufficient data on the use of dantrolene, oral baclofen, and intrathecal baclofen, and toxicity was frequently reported.
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This study evaluated Fos-like immunoreactivity in rat lumbar spinal cord neurons following peripheral noxious heat stimulation and the modifications induced by pharmacological agents. Under urethane anaesthesia, the hindpaw was stimulated by dipping it in a regulated temperature bath at various temperatures (44-65 degrees C) and for various durations (5 s to 2 min). There was no Fos-like immunoreactivity in lumbar spinal cord neurons when the paw was stimulated at 44 degrees C for 15 s. From 46 to 52 degrees C, the number of Fos-like immunoreactivity neurons increased with increasing stimulation temperature, but was decreased at 65 degrees C as compared to 52 degrees C. At 52 degrees C, the number of Fos-like immunoreactivity neurons increased with the duration of stimulation. Fos-like immunoreactive neurons in the L4 segment were almost exclusively located in laminae I-II. On the basis of the results of the latter experiments, we chose a stimulation of 52 degrees C for 15 s to perform pharmacological investigations. The number of Fos-like immunoreactive neurons induced by the heat stimulation was significantly decreased by pretreatment with morphine (42, 64 and 75% decrease as compared to control values after 2.5, 5 and 7.5 mg/kg i.v. respectively), and these effects were blocked by naloxone. When various stimulation intensities (46-52 degrees C) were used, the effects of morphine (5 mg/kg i.v.) were most marked when the temperature was highest. In morphine-tolerant rats, morphine (5 mg/kg i.v.) was half as potent in decreasing Fos-like immunoreactivity induced by the heat stimulation than in non-tolerant rats. RB 101, a systemically active mixed inhibitor of enkephalin-metabolising enzymes, significantly decreased Fos-like immunoreactivity induced by heat stimulation (19, 29 and 48% decreases as compared to control values at 10, 20 and 40 mg/kg i.v. respectively) and these effects were blocked by naloxone. Aspirin (150 mg/kg i.v.), proacetaminophen (300 mg/kg i.v.) and tizanidine, a centrally acting myorelaxant (0.25-1 mg/kg i.v.), had no effect on the number of Fos-like immunoreactivity neurons induced by heat stimulation. The use of immunochemistry of the c-Fos protein as a pharmacological test in order to gauge antinociceptive effects at the dorsal horn level is discussed.
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Data from three placebo-controlled and 11 active-controlled studies of tizanidine were combined to permit analysis of the subsets, which were too small to evaluate within the individual studies. Overall analysis of placebo-controlled data confirms the effectiveness of tizanidine in reducing muscle tone in patients with spasticity of spinal cord origin. Subset analyses suggest that patients with more severe spasticity are more likely to respond, but age, sex, and race were not predictive of response. Comparisons of tizanidine with active controls showed no differences in efficacy compared with baclofen or diazepam. However, when compared with controls, patients treated with tizanidine did not experience increased weakness. Furthermore, patients tolerated tizanidine better than the control medications. More patients experienced adverse events during tizanidine treatment than did patients receiving placebo. The most common adverse events reported were dry mouth, somnolence, asthenia, and dizziness. Mild elevations in liver function tests were noted occasionally, but improved in all patients with dose reduction or withdrawal. Three patients from the double-blind database reported formed visual hallucinations. All three cleared; two continued tizanidine, and one discontinued.
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Alpha-1A receptor agonist activity can counterbalance alpha-2 receptor agonist-induced analgesia. Greater alpha-2 selectivity may enhance the therapeutic window of alpha-2 agonists in the treatment of pain.
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A case of severe bradycardia and hypotension associated with concomitant tizanidine and lisinopril therapy is reported.
Baclofen, tizanidine and botulinum toxin A, agents used to treat disorders of muscle tone, have been studied as potential preventative treatments for migraine, tension-type headache and other related disorders. The most extensive work has been completed with botulinum toxin A. However, there is still a paucity of well controlled, clinical trials with this agent, and overall there have been conflicting and oftentimes equivocal results: studies of its use in migraine headache have suggested efficacy, whereas those of tension-type headache have not shown significant evidence of efficacy. There were few significant adverse events associated with the use of botulinum toxin A in these trials. The mechanism by which botulinum toxin A may work to prevent headache is not clear. Although changes in muscle tone may play a role in the effect of the drug, central mechanisms such as effects on neuropeptides involved in the pathogenesis of migraine may also be relevant. Further clinical trial work is in progress to help determine optimal administration schedules and choice of injection locations with botulinum toxin A for specific headache disorders. There has been limited study of the use of baclofen, an agent that acts centrally via GABA(A) receptors, in migraine and cluster headache, with only two open trials conducted to date. Both of these studies support the use of baclofen in the preventive treatment of headache.Tizanidine, which may have both a peripheral and a central mechanism in the locus ceruleus in migraine headache, has been studied in several clinical trials. Although the primary mechanism of action of this agent is, like clonidine, as an alpha-adrenoceptor agonist, it has little antihypertensive effect. Open trials of tizanidine have shown it to be useful in chronic headache. One well controlled trial, conducted as a follow-up to an open-label trial in the preventive treatment of chronic daily headache, reported tizanidine as having a statistically significant benefit over placebo. Also of interest is its use in conjunction with a long-acting NSAID to aid in the treatment of rebound headache accompanying the discontinuation of overused acute migraine therapies. In conclusion, though limited, the studies suggest the efficacy of botulinum toxin A, baclofen and tizanidine in primary headache disorders.
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A total of 44 patients with U-MND were referred for discussion of ITB therapy. Baseline and outcomes data were extracted on 35 patients from a clinical spasticity registry at a tertiary referral center. Patients choosing to initiate ITB (n = 20) were compared with those choosing conservative therapy (n = 15).
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Intrathecal tizanidine, clonidine, or the combinations increased the tail-flick latency in dose- and time-dependent fashion without affecting motor function. The order potencies (dose producing a 50% of peak effect, in microg) of tizanidine and clonidine were 1.8 and 0.75, respectively. With isobolographic analysis, tizanidine with lidocaine and clonidine with lidocaine showed significantly synergistic antinociceptive interaction. Potency ratio analysis and fractional analysis also confirmed the synergistic interaction. At the doses in the combinations showing comparable antinociception, tizanidine with lidocaine, unlike clonidine with lidocaine, did not affect motor function or blood pressure.
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We used standard methodological procedures expected by The Cochrane Collaboration.